Ella had her heart set on a career as a dancer, but decided at the last moment to enter a talent show as a singer instead. She was spotted by Chick Webb, who immediately hired her as the girl singer in his band . She recorded her first song, "Love and Kisses," on June 12,1935. When Chick Webb's untimely death in 1938 called into question the future of her singing career, Ella Fitzgerald took over the band and led it for two years.
Although Ella Fitzgerald entered the popular consciousness of an entire generation through her mastery of the American love song, she was, in fact, an immensely private person who kept her personal life separate and distinct from the media of her day.
The "First Lady of Song" won fifteen Grammy awards and dozens of other honors during the course of her sixty year career. She died on June 15, 1996.
Stop by our shop, Fly Me To The Moon Florists, in downtown Yonkers to see our window display in honor of Ella Fitzgerald. It will be up until the end of April. While you're in the neighborhood stroll down to the Yonkers station of Metro North. There's a statue of Ella Fitzgerald in the little park right outside the train station. A fitting tribute to "Lady Ella."